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Old 10-21-2007, 04:15 PM   #1
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Savel'ev, Fedor Alekseevich, Colonel, 1st Guards Mechanised Army

Some of you might have seen this topic on another forum.

A few months ago I received the research results for my Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class number 44030, awarded to Guards Major Fedor Alekseyevich Savelyev.

Fedor Alekseyevich Savelyev was born om 17 Feb 1905 in the village of Kostino, Krasnokholsk Raion, Kalinin Oblast. Later he lived in the village of Russky Kochim, Sosnovy Bor Raion, Penza Oblast. In 1927 he joined the Red Army and in 1930 he became a member of the Communist Party. He was a participant of the GPW as of 1942.

Guards Major Savelyev was working as chief of the combat reconnaissance section in the 15th Tank Corps of the Western Front, and from June 1943 in Guards Colonel-General Rotmistrov's 5th Guards Tank Army of MSU Konev's 2nd Ukrainian Front. "Comrade Savelyev was working as the section head of combat reconnaissance and personally lead and organised the reconnaissance in the period between 15 Oct and 3 Nov 1943." One night he captured documents of the SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Totenkopf". He was nominated for a Red Banner but received an OPW2.

Savelyev's occupation before the joined the Red Army was farmer. His mother was Nadezhda Leontyevna Savelyeva and he was married to Anna Stepanovna Savelyeva. He spoke no foreign languages. He made one travel to a foreign country (a trip to Romania in Dec 1946). Savelyev was severely wounded twice in the war, in Aug 1942 and Feb 1944. He attended two military courses: one at the Orlovsk Armor School and a commander's course at the Stalin Military Academy. No punishments.

Hospital 4842 23.8.42
Deputy CO of Reconnaissance 15th Tank Corps 2.3.43
Deputy CO of Recon 5th Tank Army 20.6.43
Hospital 4551 2.2.44
Student back at Stalin Academy 10.10.44 (probably on light duties recovering from wounds)
Commander of students at Buiskoe Tank School 24.11.45
Battalion Commander of 89th Armored Car Regiment 8.12.46
Commander of 69th Independent Instructional Tank Battalion of the 25th Mechanized Division 11.4.47
Deputy CO 5th Gds Mechanized Rgt of 2nd Gds Mech Div 5.1.48
Deputy CO of 134th Gds Tank Rgt of 35th Gds Mech Div 18.9.48
I can't read these lines as too light and small, but 19.1.49 something about Deputy CO of Gds Mech Rgt in 27th Mech Div, and then I think two sets of school courses in 1951, followed by
Deputy CO of 21st Gds Mech Rgt in 8th Gds Mech Div of 1st Gds Mech Army 29.2.52 and finally

Military Commandant of Military Commandantur District 122 18.11.52 ( = ???)

before being retired.

Savelyev's ranks:

Senior Lieutenant: 20 Nov 1938
Captain: 1940
Major: 4 Nov 1942
Lieutenant-Colonel: 21 Feb 1944
Colonel: 23 Aug 1951

Savelyev's awards:

Order of the Red Star # 213445: 28 Jul 1943
Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class # 44030: 17 Nov 1943
Order of the Red Banner # 109614: 23 Feb 1944
Order of the Red Star # 958334: 3 Nov 1944
Medal for the Victory over Germany: 9 May 1945
Order of the Red Banner # 371844: 15 Nov 1950
Order of Lenin # 285400: 5 Nov 1954
Medal for 30 Years Soviet Army and Fleet

Savelyev's second Red Star was probably for 15 years of long service (17 years actually), his Red Banner was most probably for 20 years of service (23 years) and the Lenin for 25 years of service (27 years).

With the citation came a picture of a grumpy Savelyev.

Also see the match in the SND.
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Old 10-21-2007, 04:16 PM   #2
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Award Record Card obverse and reverse.
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Old 10-21-2007, 04:18 PM   #3
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A couple of days ago I visited a guy who had a lot of Soviet awards for sale. I bought several of them, including the Order of Lenin below. Coincidentally I was going through Savelyev's documents again and I noticed that this Order of Lenin was on Savelyev's Award Record Card! :wow They both came from the same seller, so I think that explains the coincidence...

So, now these two awards have been promoted from 'singles' to 'a broken group'. :cheers
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So I contacted the seller and asked him if he had more of Savelyev's awards. He fortunately kept a list of all the pieces he ever had. The Red Banners and Red Star 958334 weren't on it, but Red Star 213445 was! Unfortunately the seller sold that one, but he remembered who he had sold it to. I told the seller I really wanted to buy or trade that Red Star so he is going to contact the buyer. :cheers

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Great story. I hope you end up with a complete group.
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Old 10-21-2007, 07:16 PM   #6
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Fantastic! Thanks Auke!
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Old 10-21-2007, 07:25 PM   #7
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Good luck on putting it back together. What a story!
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Old 11-11-2007, 02:43 PM   #8
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Here's the full translation of the OPW2 citation:


"Comrade Savelev has worked as the chief of the intelligence section, personally leading and organizing combat reconnaissance.

During combat from 15.10.43 through 3.11.43, Savelev has done a good job of organizing intelligence, always knowing which army the Front was facing and its intentions, and making correct conclusions and proposals concerning enemy actions.

Comrade Savelev personally and repeatedly conducted reconnaissance on 18.10.43 and led a reconnaissance group near Popelnastoe [trans: missing] prisoner and discerned the actions of the 161 Infantry Division in his sector. On the night of 19.10 he correctly organized listening posts, which aided the discovery of the enemy's intentions in the assigned sector.

Due to his personal participation in a combat reconnaissance mission, on 21.10.43 an enemy prisoner was captured [trans: # missing] kilometers in the enemy rear area, which revealed the arrival of the 736 Tank Destruction Battalion in our Front's area of operations.

While accomplishing the order to determine the enemy's disposition along the Front on [trans: date missing] 43, reconnaissance was well set to seize prisoners and capture enemy documents.

Comrade Savelev personally participated in a combat reconnaissance mission west of Iskrovka[?] along the Savchin[?] ravine.

As a result of the night-time reconnaissance, prisoners were captured from the [?] Motorized Regiment and [?]4 Tank Division near Alksevka, 23 Tank Division, assault batallion [missing] and documents of the "Death Head" [trans: german Totenkopf] near Nedal Voda, that permitted full disclosure of the enemy's composition facing the Front. Savelev is deserving of the governmental award Order of the Red Banner.

Deputy Chief of Staff Intelligence Section 5th Guards Tank Army
Guards Colonel [signed]
(Grechanikov)

Is deserving of the governmental award Red Banner
Guards Major-General of Tank Troops [signed]
(Baskakov)

8 november 1943

Per decree of the 5th Tank Army nr. 090/n of 17 November 1943 decorated with the Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class

[??] Personnel Department
Guards [??]
Guards [??] of Administrative Service [signed] [??]"

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Old 12-23-2007, 10:35 AM   #9
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Funny story about the Red Star - It seems it has travelled all around the world since it was sold by the guy I bought the OPW2 and Lenin from. It has been sold to collectors in Germany, Russia and Australia before ending up in Belgium, where I bought it. :D We finally managed to make a deal and I should get the order in a few days :thumbsup
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Finally, the Red Star rejoined his 'family'. :) It's a beautiful screwpost base piece in excellent condition, just like the OPWII and the Lenin.
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